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Using personal narratives to explore multiple identities in organisational contexts

Kourti, Isidora (2016). Using personal narratives to explore multiple identities in organisational contexts. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 11(3) pp. 169–188.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2015-1274
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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore and incorporate personal narratives as a new methodological tool into the qualitative research of complex organisational issues such as identity. Particularly, this study provides a fresh methodological perspective on organisational identity exploration by using personal narratives to examine multiple identities that occur in dynamic organisational contexts.

Design/methodology/approach
In order to examine multiple identities, personal narratives found in the 43 semi-structured in-depth interviews collected were analysed. These narratives were examined following a textual and performative analysis.

Findings
The paper furthers methodological discussions in organisations in three ways. First, it responds to the need for a methodological approach that allows multiple identity exploration in organisations while it presents personal narratives as a valuable methodological perspective within organisational research. Second, it extends the methodological use of personal narratives for the in-depth qualitative study of complex organisational issues such as identity. Finally, the study stretches the boundaries of mainstream organisational research by illustrating that personal narratives can be used as a methodological approach to explore organisational identities.

Originality/value
This research integrates personal narratives as a methodological tool into the qualitative research of dynamic organisational issues. Employing personal narratives has allowed the exploration of multiple identities that take place in organisations in a manner not previously achieved in organisational studies. The study, therefore, challenges previous organisational research and expands the boundaries of organisational identity studies, offering a new qualitative methodological account for identity exploration in organisations.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1746-5648
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 51011
Depositing User: Isidora Kourti
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 12:05
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 11:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/51011
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